Capturing Emotion with Avery Liburd

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New York City is a pretty big place. But if you run around in certain circles, you’re very likely to come across the same people. That was how I came to know Avery Liburd, formerly known as Avery Li or DarkShonobi on YouTube where we first met. I’m not sure if he remembers or not but when we ran into each other randomly in Midtown Manhattan, where we exchanged pleasantries and introduced ourselves. Thinking about it now, it’s kind of hilarious. Back then Youtube wasn’t the beast that it is now. That was how we connected, so it made perfect sense. And while it wasn’t the most interesting or awkward situation that I’ve encountered when randomly meeting people I talked to online, it definitely struck a chord. Fast forward a few years later, I now I have this platform. It’s important to return the love that was shown to you from way back.

“We build together”

When I reached out, here is what he had to say.
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Artistic Expression with Takeia Marie

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My first encounter with Takeia Marie happened randomly while attending New York Comic Con back 2012.  A rap cipher gone wrong in the middle of the artist alley show floor. She nice with the pen in more ways than one. She can spit.  And even though I embarrassed myself, it made that experience that much more memorable.  How many people can honestly say that they met in this type of manner at Comic Book convention. Not many! But we’ve been chopping it up ever sense.
So when I reached out for an interview.  This is what she had to say.

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Blogs Connect: Meet Stephanie of (AGN)

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Anime Girls NYC is a blog, I’ve followed closely for about 8 months now.  And has shown love, time and time again.   On whatever type of content we publish via WordPress site.  So I always make sure to show love back.

“We Build Together” is something we at SDE firmly believe.  When I reached out to Stephanie, AGN founder.  Here’s what she had to say.

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Dezzy Yates: Journey to Phresh

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My First Introduction to Dezzy Yates was a few years ago, through some mutual friends.  Even back them I was impressed.  Fast forward years later, his style is more refined and the focus is that much clearly.

When I reached out to him for an interview. Here’s what he had to say.

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J-Pop Meets Jazz: Meet Patrick Bartley Jr.

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Back in August We attended the Liberty City Anime Convention. This was were I learned about J-MUSIC Ensemble. The Team and I sat in on a performance and I was utterly blown away. Luckily I was able to catch up with Grammy nominated Saxophonist and Leader of the collective Patrick Bartley Jr.

Here is what he had to say.

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Zen, Prose and Pose with Cookiee Kawaii

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1) Can Introduce Yourself? And give us the back story on your alias (stage name)?

Cookie: Wassup world , my name is Cookiee Kawaii & I’m from Irvington NJ. My stage name went through some changes throughout the years. I started as Harajuku Cookiee. The Harajuku came from me just loving everything about Japanese culture & fashion. And the Cookiee (with two e’s) was added because I love soft baked cookies lol . its my favorite snack in the world so why not be named after it. As I evolved… I changed from Harajuku Cookiee to Cookiee Kowa. One because I felt there needed to be a change as far as branding for me. The Harajuku brand has been used by many famous artist such as ( Nicki Minaj & Gwen Stefani) so I needed to make a change and pick something more original. Secondly I was briefly on a team (RAW BUNCH) with a notable rapper Tsu Surf. So my name needed to be something that meshed well with his & still stuck true to my love for Japanese culture. So I came up with the name Cookiee Kowa. Kowa … short for cowabunga (in relation to surfing) but I changed the c to a k because kowa in Japanese meant scary or frightening lol … to me since I wasn’t that young artist anymore and I was growing into my own sound .. I wanted people to somewhat be scared of what I could bring to the table. Because I had a lot of people doubting what I could do as an artist. After I left Raw Bunch … I needed to have my own identity … something that was mine and original. Didn’t take me long before I came up with Cookiee Kawaii. Kawaii means cute or adorable in Japanese & that fits my personality.. & it rolls of the tongue for those who can pronounce it right lol & for sure to me its more original & its a name Im proud of.
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Interview with Undong Crew

Undong crew is a K-pop dance cover group from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  I had the opportunity to interview a few of the members.

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Alan Z: The Fresh Prince of ATL

I was first introduced to Alan Z randomly while surfing my SoundCloud feed two years ago.  I can’t recall my initial reaction but I didn’t bother to keep up afterwards for whatever reason. I’m not even sure if I played any of this covers.  It wasn’t until he popped up into my twitter circle a few months back that actually took the time to look into him further.  I had the opportunity to interview the Fresh Prince of ATL. And here is what he had to say.

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Alan Z in Harlem

 

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